Chicago Bears bolster their defensive line signing Robert Quinn

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By Donnie Zelaya March 17, 2020 0 Comment
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The Chicago Bears sign Robert Quinn to add opposite of Khalil Mack in the hopes of creating a top pass-rushing unit in the NFL.

Day one of free agency left Chicago Bears fans confused, deflated, and outright angry. After a day of quarterback names being thrown about like Bridgewater, Foles, Dalton, and Carr to a lesser extent, the only deal that got done was signing tight end Jimmy Graham to a two year $16 million contract. “NOT SO FAST MY FRIENDS!!” Ryan Pace just grabbed a massive pickup in signing Robert Quinn to a 5-year, $70 million deal with $30 million guaranteed.

What does Robert Quinn bring to Chicago?

The addition is a clear sign that the Bears are still “all in” on a Super Bowl push by bringing in a legitimate pass-rushing threat opposite Khalil Mack. Next season the Bears could have Quinn, Mack, Akiem Hicks, and Roy Robertson-Harris all rushing at the same time. It limits the opportunities for offensive lines to double team one guy. What about a blitzing Roquan Smith? Or a blitzing Buster Skrine off the edge? The possibilities are endless, and Ryan Pace has given defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano yet another weapon in his defensive arsenal to go and wreak havoc on opposing offenses. Kudos to Pace for identifying his guy, as Ryan Pace often does.

Quinn is coming off his only season in Dallas where he totaled 11.5 sacks, 13 tackles for loss and 22 quarterback hits. He racked up 35 quarterback pressures giving him the 2nd highest percentage for defensive rushers in the NFL last season. It’s a massive upgrade from Leonard Floyd, who never seemed to find his comfort as a pass rusher. Chicago cut Leonard Floyd following the signing of Robert Quinn.

At age 29, Quinn doesn’t need to be “the guy” for Chuck Pagano. Instead serves as a complementary piece that will free up the rest of the defensive line to keep the pressure on the offensive front. While most believed the defense regressed as a whole last season, this year, they will look to regain the fire and ferocity associated with Chicago Bears defensive football.

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